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9/8/15
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Natalie Wong

Introducing Chrome Remote Desktop for Linux (Beta)!

Hello All,

We are excited to announce official Linux support in Chrome Remote Desktop with step-by-step directions provided in our Help Center article linked here. You can find instructions under Set up Chrome Remote Desktop > Enable remote access > Linux (Beta).

Take a look below for some helpful tips and basic troubleshooting recommendations from the development team to make the most of your Chrome Remote Desktop experience on Linux! 

Setting the resolution of the virtual desktop: By default, the system will create a virtual desktop that is 1600x1200 pixels in size. To change this, add this line to your ~/.profile script:

export CHROME_REMOTE_DESKTOP_DEFAULT_DESKTOP_SIZES=1024x768

If the session is already running, you will need to restart it for this setting to take effect:

sudo /etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop stop
sudo /etc/init.d/chrome-remote-desktop start


Having Trouble?

1. Running Chrome in the virtual session
The virtual session is set up so that, when you run Chrome from within the virtual session, it will be set up with a new profile. This is done because Chrome does not support using multiple X displays within the same profile. You can use Chrome Sync to synchronize your bookmarks and other settings within the virtual session.

2. Viewing the host service logs
The virtual desktop is created by the system init.d service “chrome-remote-desktop”. This service is started from the web-app when you enable remote connections. Each time this service runs, it creates a log file named /tmp/chrome_remote_desktop_... (the suffix contains a timestamp and a random string).

If the service fails to start (or only runs for a short while), this might be because the session is not properly configured. If this occurs, take a look at the log file.

If you have questions, please feel free to post in a new thread so someone from the Chrome team can assist you!!!
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All Replies (133)
James Welbes
7/8/14
James Welbes
Nice! I don't use Linux, so no joy for me but this is exciting none-the-less! Thanks Google!

P.S. Chrome OS next please? hehe
Alvaro M. Jimenez
7/8/14
Alvaro M. Jimenez
I found that only works on Ubuntu and Debian. What about RedHat, Fedora or CentOS any way to enable remote access on these distributions?
Google user
7/8/14
Google user
I don't have a RedHat/Fedora/CentOS/Scientific Linux system at my fingertips, however IIRC you should look under /etc/rc.d/ for a similarly named service, or investigate if there is a systemd service by a similar name.
david.king
7/8/14
david.king
Awesome!
Hideki
7/9/14
Hideki
Unfortunately, this is not functional at least with gnome-shell. (I get a blank screen) 

Though, it seems like it just creates display on :20, so I could launch separate DE (I tried LXDE) through command line -- I might have to investigate defining special .xsession file for that instance of Xorg otherwise I won't be able to instantiate session from remote...
Marcos Alano
7/9/14
Marcos Alano
I have a similar problem. I tried to use Ubuntu session (not "ubuntu-2d", just "ubuntu") and I got a black screen. I will give some time until final version come.
mleroy
7/9/14
mleroy
My x session starts properly but I get a different error:

Host process terminated
Failure count for 'host' is now 1
OAuth credentials are invalid - exiting.
Cleanup.

Saqib Ali
7/9/14
Saqib Ali
How do I disable the firewall traversal on this?

Tyler Egeto
7/9/14
Tyler Egeto
I've been playing around with this for a bit, and it works great. But please let us disable the "You're in full screen, press ESC to exit" message, its really hurting the usability.

Thank you to the team who brought this to Linux!
Tareeq Ali
7/9/14
Tareeq Ali
I am running Debian Sid and the "Enable remote connections" does not show up inside the chrome app.  Tested it out on two machines, I can share and control a remote session from them but I cannot add my machines to the list of "My Computers". 
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TiriPon
1/23/15
TiriPon
+kevin.penrose - Thanks for your reply. I see that there are people modding but I am more interested of an official way of doing that. This is why I'm asking if Google has any plans to add this functionality.
I appreciate all the work people do to help but I can't fiddle Ubuntu much with confidence. I often end-up breaking things and I have a hard time finding what went wrong.
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